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Seeing further : the story of science & the Royal Society

Author: Bill Bryson; Jon Turney
Publisher: London : HarperPress, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Fellows of the Royal Society have created whole new branches of science, split the atom, discovered hydrogen, the double helix and the elecron. They have invented the World Wide Web, developed profound theories on evolution, gravity and motion, and furthered our understanding of everything from stock market analysis and astrophysics to electricity and biodiversity. They have tested the limits of knowledge itself.
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bill Bryson; Jon Turney
ISBN: 9780007302567 0007302568 9780007302574 0007302576
OCLC Number: 440112009
Credits: Edited & introduced by Bill Bryson ; contributing editor, Jon Turney.
Description: 490 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: At the beginning : more things in heaven and earth / James Gleck --
Of the madness of mad scientists : Jonathan Swift's grand academy / Margaret Atwood --
Lost in space : the spiritual crisis of Newtonian cosmology / Margaret Wertheim --
Atoms of cognition : metaphysics in the Royal Society, 1715-2010 / Neal Stephenson --
What's in a name? : rivalries and the birth of modern science / Rebecca Newberger Goldstein --
Charged atmospheres : Promethean science and the Royal Society / Simon Schaffer --
A new age of flight : Joseph Banks goes ballooning / Richard Holmes --
Archives of life : science and collections / Richard Fortey --
Darwin's five bridges : the way to natural selection / Richard Dawkins --
Images of progress : conferences of engineers / Henry Petroski --
X-ray visions : structural biologists and social action in the twentieth century / Georgina Ferry --
Ten thousand wedges : biodiversity, natural selection, and random change / Steve Jones --
Making stuff : from Bacon to Bakelite / Philip Ball --
Just typical : our changing place in the universe / Paul Davies --
Behind the scenes : the hidden mathematics that rules our world / Ian Stewart --
Simple, really : from simplicity to complexity --
and back again / John D. Barrow --
Globe and sphere, cycles and flows : how to see the world / Oliver Morton --
Beyond ending : looking into the void / Maggie Gee --
Confidence, consensus, and the uncertainty cops : tackling risk management in climate change / Stephen H. Schneider --
Time : the winged chariot / Gregory Benford --
Conclusion : looking fifty years ahead / Martin Ress.
Responsibility: edited by Bill Bryson ; contributing editor Jon Turney.

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Edited and introduced by Bill Bryson, with contributions from Richard Dawkins, Margaret Atwood, Richard Holmes, Martin Rees, Richard Fortey, Steve Jones, James Gleick and Neal Stephenson amongst  Read more...

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`Provocative, admirable and highly readable' Sunday Times `This is a book with cerebral riches, heavy with history, to be consumed at leisure...it is also beautifully illustrated' Guardian Read more...

 
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